# Thread: Basic differential equations help

1. ## Basic differential equations help

find the general solution for y''[x] = -y'[x]

the answer is y=c1e^(tx1) + c2e^(tx2) where c1, c2, x1, x2 are separate variables/constants...
i don't understand..i keep getting that y=ce^-x but that comes nowhere close to what the real answer is?

If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it (ie worship them forever)

Thanks

ps. should this go in the diffeq forum? i wasn't sure because this is basic diffeq you learn in calc...

2. Originally Posted by lordpikachu
find the general solution for y''[x] = -y'[x]

the answer is y=c1e^(tx1) + c2e^(tx2) where c1, c2, x1, x2 are separate variables/constants...
i don't understand..i keep getting that y=ce^-x but that comes nowhere close to what the real answer is?

If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it (ie worship them forever)

Thanks

ps. should this go in the diffeq forum? i wasn't sure because this is basic diffeq you learn in calc...

You are correct: observe that $\displaystyle y''=-y\Longrightarrow \frac{y''}{y'}=-1\Longrightarrow \ln y'=-x+C\Longrightarrow y'=Ke^{-x}\Longrightarrow y=Ke^{-x}$ , integrating twice.

Tonio

3. Originally Posted by lordpikachu
find the general solution for y''[x] = -y'[x]

the answer is y=c1e^(tx1) + c2e^(tx2) where c1, c2, x1, x2 are separate variables/constants...
i don't understand..i keep getting that y=ce^-x but that comes nowhere close to what the real answer is?

If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it (ie worship them forever)

Thanks

ps. should this go in the diffeq forum? i wasn't sure because this is basic diffeq you learn in calc...
set up the associated characteristic polynomial and solve for the roots. those roots are what appear in the exponents of the exponentials above.

4. Originally Posted by tonio
You are correct: observe that $\displaystyle y''=-y\Longrightarrow \frac{y''}{y'}=-1\Longrightarrow \ln y'=-x+C\Longrightarrow y'=Ke^{-x}\Longrightarrow y=Ke^{-x}$ , integrating twice.

Tonio
This works. I get $\displaystyle y=c1 + c2e^{-x}$

5. ## OHHH i get it

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6. Originally Posted by lordpikachu
find the general solution for y''[x] = -y'[x]

the answer is y=c1e^(tx1) + c2e^(tx2) where c1, c2, x1, x2 are separate variables/constants...
i don't understand..i keep getting that y=ce^-x but that comes nowhere close to what the real answer is?
The general solution is, as you have already been told, $\displaystyle y= c_1+ c_2e^{-t}$ (it is your choice to use t or x as the independent variable since it is not given in the equation). My point is that this is exactly of the form $\displaystyle c_1e^{tx_1}+ c_2e^{tx_2}$ with $\displaystyle x_1= 0$ and $\displaystyle x_2= -1$.

If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it (ie worship them forever)
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Thanks

ps. should this go in the diffeq forum? i wasn't sure because this is basic diffeq you learn in calc...